Get More Smarter on Monday (April 12)

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CORONAVIRUS INFO…

*Colorado Coronavirus info:
CDPHE Coronavirus website 

*Daily Coronavirus numbers in Colorado:
http://covid19.colorado.gov

*How you can help in Colorado:
COVRN.com

*Locate a COVID-19 testing site in Colorado:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

 

As The Denver Post reports, Colorado is officially in the “fourth wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Colorado is now experiencing a fourth wave of COVID-19 as infections and hospitalizations rise, but the increasing level of vaccination should make it less severe than the deadly spike late last fall, state officials said Friday.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have risen most in people younger than 50, who are less likely to have been vaccinated, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said. It’s good news that the vaccine is protecting older people, who are most vulnerable to severe symptoms, but younger people need to keep up precautions until they get the shot, she said.

“This fourth wave is going to look different,” she said during a news briefing with Gov. Jared Polis.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 454 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon. It was the highest total since Feb. 18.

 

► Corporate backlash to Republican efforts aimed at restricting voter rights is apparently growing. As The Washington Post reports:

More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills being considered across the country, including the one recently signed into law in Georgia.

Executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers — plus at least one NFL owner — talked about potential ways to show they opposed the legislation, including by halting donations to politicians who support the bills and even delaying investments in states that pass the restrictive measures, according to four people who were on the call, including one of the organizers, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor.

While no final steps were agreed upon, the meeting represents an aggressive dialing up of corporate America’s stand against controversial voting measures nationwide, a sign that their opposition to the laws didn’t end with the fight against the Georgia legislation passed in March.

As CNN reports, last week’s threats against corporations from Republican politicians appear to have backfired:

The virtual meeting with CEOs from a cross-section of industries underscores the growing tensions between the business community and Republicans in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to sow doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

The Zoom call took place despite threats of reprisal from former President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and state lawmakers in Georgia.

“It was a defiant stand against those politicians trying to silence them,” Yale professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld told CNN Business.

Sonnenfeld helped organize the event, along with the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism and the Leadership Now Project.

 
The “Colorado Option” health care bill was finally introduced in a State House committee on Friday. After several hours of discussion, a vote was delayed until Tuesday to allow for continued negotiations with the health care industry. As Colorado Newsline reports:

Just after 10 p.m., the committee voted to delay a vote on the bill until Tuesday to allow for more negotiations on possible amendments.

“The plan was to go ahead and vote on it (Friday), but there was significant progress made during the hearing,” said Rep. Susan Lontine, the Denver Democrat who chairs the House committee. She referred to conversations that took place Friday between the sponsors and some organizations representing health care providers.

The two-phase legislation would establish a possible path to the Colorado Option, envisioned as a lower-cost, nonprofit-managed health insurance plan sold on Colorado’s individual and small group markets. The Colorado Option would only become available starting in 2025 if private insurance carriers failed to meet voluntary targets in phase one of HB-1232.

Click here for more on the arguments and policy details.

 

Elsewhere in state legislative news:

As discussions continue around the state budget, Axios reports that the word of the month is “equity.”

The Colorado Sun reports on the status of a proposal to establish a Front Range passenger train system.

As Colorado Public Radio explains, legislation about improving Colorado’s roads and bridges intentionally leaves out funding for RTD.

The Denver Post updates on the status of composting grandma.

Lawmakers are debating a potential loosening of Colorado’s liquor sales laws.

CBS4 Denver reports on progress toward creating a prescription drug affordability board.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel previews the legislative week ahead.

 

 

More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…

 

And Now, More Words…

 

The Washington Post does a deep dive into the rise of domestic terrorism in the United States:

Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The surge reflects a growing threat from homegrown terrorism not seen in a quarter-century, with right-wing extremist attacks and plots greatly eclipsing those from the far left and causing more deaths, the analysis shows…

…More than a quarter of right-wing incidents and just under half of the deaths in those incidents were caused by people who showed support for white supremacy or claimed to belong to groups espousing that ideology, the analysis shows.

 

The Colorado Sun takes a comprehensive look at gun violence in Colorado.

 

As CNN reports, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear recently that HE HAS NO IDEA what herd immunity entails:

“When you look at the senior population, for example, 70 — more than 70% of our seniors have received a vaccine shot, more than 50% of those who are 50 to 65 have received a vaccine shot. I don’t know what herd immunity is, but when you add that to the people who have acquired immunity, it looks like it could be very close to herd immunity.” [Pols emphasis]

Abbott is the freaking Governor of one of the biggest states in the country and we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s hard to say which is worse: That Abbott doesn’t know what “herd immunity” means, or that he thinks Texas might be close to achieving the milestone.

 

As NBC News reports, former President Trump took a big dump on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the weekend:

Former President Donald Trump again lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling the top Republican a “dumb son of a b—-” and a “stone cold loser” in a long rant at a Republican donor event Saturday night in which he reiterated his false claims that he won the election last fall.

Trump, according to a source familiar with his remarks, said “a real leader” never would have accepted the electoral results. The narrative, which Trump spun for months after he lost, led to the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and his second impeachment trial soon after….

…Speaking Saturday, Trump also mocked former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife, who resigned from his administration after the riot.

“I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?” Trump said, adding sarcastically: “She suffered so greatly.”

Why would any Republican EVER stick their neck out for Trump?

 

As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, Senator John Hickenlooper announced that he will hold his first town hall meeting next week. Hickenlooper’s predecessor, Republican Cory Gardner, hadn’t held a town hall meeting in YEARS.

 

Senator Michael Bennet is making the rounds in Colorado touting his child tax credit plan that was included in the American Recovery Plan.

 

Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-ifle) told an audience at Club 20 over the weekend that she is still a firm believer that the 2020 Presidential election was fraudulent.

Boebert also noted that it is her intention as a Congressperson to NEVER COMPROMISE. As Charles Ashby reports for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:

“I will listen to whatever issues and situations you have going on, but I’m tired of people getting into office and compromising their beliefs, compromising their promises, the promises they made on the campaign trail that got them into office,” Boebert added. “So, I am happy to listen to you and work with you. I believe that we can find great solutions without compromising beliefs.”

On the subject of Boebert, she will be one of the featured guests appearing a “House Freedom Fund” fundraiser later this month in Florida at — you guessed it — Mar-a-Lago. Boebert will join fellow Qaucus leader Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia at an event that will also feature former President Trump.

 

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) said on his podcast that “The Epoch Times” is absolutely a legitimate news source — a silly claim that has been a regular part of Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert’s talking points.

 

► The Colorado Republican Party has selected a new Executive Director.

 

Republican State Rep. Matt Soper thinks that last week’s municipal elections in Grand Junction might be part of an election-rigging conspiracy and…just maybe stop talking.

 

CBS4 Denver reports on the latest updates as Douglas County pushes to separate itself from the Tri-County Health Department.

 

 R.I.P. Lee Hart.

 

 

Say What, Now?

 

We literally have no idea what she is talking about here. In fairness, she probably doesn’t, either.

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

 

► Republicans such as Texas Sen. John Cornyn are trying to push a narrative that President Biden is being controlled by a shadowy group of…yada, yada, yada.

 

 Casa Bonita has filed for bankruptcy protection.

 

 As The Huffington Post explains:

Via The Huffington Post

 

 

 

ICYMI

 

► Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert may not be accomplishing much for her constituents in the “real” world, but she is totally kicking butt in the “spirit world.”

 

► This week on The Get More Smarter Podcast, hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii talk All-Stars and A-Holes:

 

 

 

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